When you first enter the museum, you’ll find engaging exhibits that might just surprise you. See artefacts rarely displayed from our collection of over 90,000 pieces and share in their stories, mystery and intrigue.
2020 Kings Landing Exhibits:
MacBeath Gallery (located in the Welcome Centre)
Keeping it Clean: Modern conveniences have made it easy to forget how difficult everyday tasks, like the laundry, were for our ancestors. Today, we sort our laundry, pre-treat stains, then throw it in the washing machine. Afterwards, we move the clothes to the dryer, then fold and put it away. For our ancestors, the laundry was a multi-day job. Visit MacBeath Gallery to learn all about old-fashioned laundry methods.
Kansuhsey Wik (Ancestors House)
Wolastoqiyik: Curated in partnership with UNB’s Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, this exhibit is now under the care of Ramona Nicholas, UNB Kcihcihtuwihut. The gallery features the heritage of original inhabitants of what is now known as the St. John River Valley. The original inhabitants of this area are Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and their main villages were established along Wolastoq which has been renamed “St. John River” by early explorers. In the ancestral language of Wolastoqiyik, Wolastoq means “beautiful and bountiful river”. The river provided food (e.g. salmon) and medicines that grow along the shores of Wolastoq. The people who live along Wolastoq are known as Wolastoqiyik. Visit this exhibit to learn more and view artifacts such as a birch bark canoe, baskets, beadwork, quillwork, and more!
The Sweet Taste of Mahqan (maple): Kings Landing has held annual Sugar Bush weekends for nearly 40 years! This exhibit explains the history behind the event and why maple syrup production is such a fascinating and important part of New Brunswick’s history.
Lesser-Known History of Kings Landing: This exhibit explores Kings Landing buildings and artefacts, highlighting some of the stories that often go untold.
Constructed in 2017, by Graham Nickerson (New Brunswick Black History Society) and Joe Gee (Tomlinson Lake Hike To Freedom), the pit house represents many of the dwellings that Black settlers would have first lived in when coming to New Brunswick. It highlights the struggles that Black Loyalists faced when they started new lives in British North America.
Hewlett Marr: A Black Loyalist Story: Hewlett Marr started working at Kings Landing during the first stages of site preparation. As a blacksmith, he installed cranes in the hearths and made andirons for the homes. He worked at Kings Landing until the early 1980s both as a costumed interpreter and in maintenance. When Hewlett passed away, he was remembered as the last homesteader and the last Black Loyalist descendant to live in Lower Queensbury. This exhibit created in partnership with the New Brunswick Black Loyalist Society tells his story and those of his ancestors.
C.B. Ross Sash & Door Factory: This exhibit explores trades in rural, 19th century New Brunswick.
Lumbering: This exhibit tells the story of what life was like in a lumber camp from the last century using tools the loggers used and by describing hearty logger meals they ate and how they relaxed after a hard day’s work. Illustrated with paintings by R. H. Nicholson courtesy of David Corey.
- Scottish, Scottish-Cultural Association, Fredericton (ongoing/travelling)
- Irish, Irish Canadian Cultural Association, Fredericton (ongoing/travelling)
- Jewish, Saint John Jewish Museum, Saint John (5-year)
- Chinese, Chinese Cultural Association, Fredericton (5-year/travelling)
- Welsh, Central New Brunswick Welsh Society, Cardigan (5-year)
- Edward Bannister, Ross Memorial Museum, St. Andrews (2019-2020)
- Planters, Founding Cultures Museum, Grande-Anse (2019-2020)
- Loyalist, Founding Cultures Museum, Grande-Anse (2019-2020)
- Early Settlement and Farming, Dr. Walter Chestnut Library, Hartland (2020)
- Pressed in History, Resurgo Place, Moncton (Oct 2020)